Like many ambitious global goals, universal health coverage (UHC) remains an aspiration for many countries. The World Health Organization estimates that half the world's population lacks access to basic health services. Moreover, this already staggering number masks inequities that exist between and within countries: gaps between rich and poor, men and women, young and old, and among people of different ethnic backgrounds. UHC promises to give all people greater access to higher quality health services without the fear of financial hardship. But the task of turning this vision into reality poses a significant challenge for countries at all stages of economic development.
In The Road to Universal Health Coverage, Jeffrey L. Sturchio, Ilona Kickbusch, Louis Galambos, and their contributors explore the ways in which the private sector is already helping countries achieve universal health coverage. Stressing the many positive aspects of UHC developments, the book focuses on the new health economy and the sometimes controversial dimensions of the private sector helping countries achieve UHC. Theoretical chapters are complemented by a series of case studies that explore the myriad ways in which private sector actors are already addressing UHC.
Introduction : the road to universal health coverage : progress, prospects and the private sector / Jeffrey L. Sturchio and Louis Galambos
Conceptualizing the health economy / Ilona Kickbusch and Christian Franz
The relationship between health employment and economic growth / Pascal Zurn, Jim Campbell, Jeremy Lauer, Ibadat Dhilon, Tana Wuliji, and Jean-Louis Arcand
Engagement of the private sector in advancing UHC : understanding and navigating : major factors for success / Nathan J. Blanchet, Adeel Ishtiaq, and Cicely Thomas
Innovative initiatives from the private sector : what have been the experiences? what opportunities lie ahead and how can they be harnessed more effectively? / Donika Dimovska and John Campbell, Jr
Healthy women, healthy economies : essential facets of universal health coverage / Felicia Marie Knaul, Belen Garijo, Christine Bugos, Hector Arreola-Ornelas, and Yasmine Rouai
Reframing the pharmaceutical sector contribution to access to medicines and universal health coverage : a business ethics perspective / Michael Furst
Private sector joins the trek on India's meandering path to universal health coverage / K. Srinath Reddy
A reality check : Sierra Leone, the private sector, sustainable development goal 3 and universal health coverage / Sowmya Kadandale and Robert Marten
How can the private sector help countries to achieve quality, sustainable UHC : Pfizer's flight against chronic diseases / Justin McCarthy
Novartis social business : a novel approach to expanding health care in developing countries / Harold Nusser
Conclusion: prospects / Christian Franz, Louis Galambos, Ilona Kickbusch and Jeffrey L. Sturchio